One-Day Conference

"Seeking The Dark:
Nighttime, Beauty, Biology and Tourism"

Presented by
Missouri State University
and IDA Missouri


Date:  Friday, September 17, 2021

Time:  Main conference: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with stargazing at sunset (weather permitting)

Location:  Plaster Student Union, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Cost:  FREE!  Registration in advance is required to be eligible for free giveaways.

Registration:  Event registration details coming soon.

Conference Overview:  

This one-day conference brings together leading academic scientists in biology, astronomy and economics along with tourism and park officials to explore how artificial light at night (ALAN) is harming our environment and quality of life in Missouri.  The latest research in light pollution will be presented and the economics of dark sky tourism explored with discussions specific to the challenges and opportunities faced by Missouri in protecting its night sky heritage.

Speakers, Moderators and Panelists (partial list):

Trish Erzfeld, Director
Perry County Heritage Tourism in Perryville, MO

Terrel Gallaway, PhD, Professor of Economics
Missouri State University in Springfield, MO

Vayujeet Gokhale, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy
Truman State University in Kirksville, MO

David M. Mitchell, PhD, Professor of Economics
Missouri State University in Springfield, MO

Brett Seymoure, PhD, Living Earth Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow
Washington University in St. Louis

Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director
International Dark-Sky Association in Tucson, AZ

Don Ficken, President
Missouri Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association